Playful Progress

You can check out what our year 2 students have been making on the Playful Interaction instagram – https://www.instagram.com/playfulinteractionenu/

They are given a challenge each week to create a response to a “Playful Provocation” using the Arduinos and the skills they are learning  – can’t wait to see how they incorporate these into their final projects!

Thanks to Suzi Cathro and the student on the year 2 Playful Interaction module for sharing this work.

New Signs for Animation

We are excited to share with you “New signs for animation”  a short animated film, created to raise awareness of the issue surrounding the availability of Animation/Games terminology for sign language users – both locally and abroad. The team, led by lecturer Jon Mortimer, consisted of two recent ENU graduates and four deaf artists, and was supported with funding from ENU’s Public engagement fund.  It helps  to highlight the struggle students from the deaf community encounter trying to pursue a career in the animation or games sectors, due to a gap in available language.

“New signs for animation”, has recently been nominated for awards and continues to be considered for film festivals around the world:

A worried looking student sits at a desk

A Still from the animation.

More Than Code! Find out more about Creative and Social Computing at Edinburgh Napier University

We are constantly amazed by what our students achieve with digital technology! They learn to combine creative ideas and technical skills; working on projects that always put people at the centre– whether that is making a new virtual reality experience, designing sound for a game or making sure a new app works well and looks great.  In fact, we use computers as tools on so many different kinds of projects it’s impossible to list them all!

We offer a range of undergraduate programmes including Digital Media and Interaction Design, Sound Design, Web Design and Development, Informatics for Business and User Experience Design.

You can sign up for the open day and find virtual tours  here – https://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/undergraduate/meet-us/open-days

Check out more about our undergraduate courses here-

Digital Media and Interaction Design and also check out our blog

Sound Design

Web Design and Development

Informatics for Business

User Experience Design

You can apply to start these courses in year 1 or join us in year 2 or 3 if you have completed a suitable HNC or HND – see the course pages for more information.

We have another new course coming soon for year 3 and 4 entry only – Animation for Games

Students work on projects in our specialist computer labs

Featured Project: How to Save Human Problems by Lucienne Kunz

Today’s featured animation is by Lucienne Kunz.  Inspired by recent events, for this project Lucienne created characters representing some of the biggest issues humans have to deal with – and exploring how they interact with each other.

This work was created for the 2D animation module run by Fiona Stewart and Andrew McKelvey.  Thanks to Lucienne for allowing us to feature her work.

 

 

 

Featured Project: Unknown Sender by Sophie Spalding

We’re so excited to share this piece by Sophie Spalding, one of our year 2 DMID students.  There are definite echoes in this story of the fact that a lot of us have been alone more than usual this year and looking for a little contact – human or otherwise.   The pre-production images below show Sophie’s character designs and an excerpt from her storyboards – finishing these to a high standard meant the story was clearly mapped out ahead of beginning the animation process.  We hope she makes a second episode so we can see what the characters get up to next….

This work was created for the 2D animation module run by Fiona Stewart and Andrew McKelvey.  Thanks to Sophie for allowing us to feature her work.

Featured Project: Puddles by Alynna Aquino

We love the colours and hand-drawn style of year 2 DMID student Alynna Aquino’s “Puddles”,  she has really captured the spirit of a Scottish autumn day after the rain.    We’ve included some of her beautiful concept work below.  You can see more of Alynna’s work in her portfolio here – https://alynnaaquino.weebly.com/

This work was created for the 2D animation module run by Fiona Stewart and Andrew McKelvey.  Thanks to Alynna for allowing us to feature her work.

Featured Project: Stupid House by Jonathan Wood

Our year 2 DMID student, Jonathan Wood, has created this animation that explores what “smart” home gadgets might get up to when we are out.   We loved the way he managed to get personality into the inanimate objects- as you can see from some of his character and background designs below.  You can see more of Jonathan’s work on his portfolio – www.jonathanwood.uk

This work was created for the 2D animation module run by Fiona Stewart and Andrew McKelvey.  Thanks to Jonathan for allowing us to feature his work.

Featured Project: The Windmill by Álvaro de la Torre Lázaro

This animated short is by year 2 student Álvaro de la Torre Lázaro, who is studying Marketing with Digital Media.   We loved the soft colours and use of texture as well as they way characters have so much expression even although they are made of simple shapes – as you can see in the storyboards and character concept below.

This work was created for the 2D animation module run by Fiona Stewart and Andrew McKelvey.  Thanks to Alvaro for allowing us to feature his work.

Featured Project: Sentient Exhibition and Book

A range of projects from the Creative Computing module

Sentient is a printed book and online exhibition created by our year 3 and 4 students for their Creative Technology module led by Dr. Tom Flint.  We normally have a gallery exhibition, but this year the students have managed to find alternative ways to exhibit their work.  They say “We have had the opportunity to work on a number of incredible projects that we’re pleased to share. Not only do we enjoy showcasing our work, but also sharing details about the creative process behind each project. We want you to fully experience our projects, so please sit down, relax and enjoy.” 

Explore the full project here – http://creativetechnologysentient.napier.ac.uk/

Many thanks to the students and to Dr. Tom Flint for allowing us to share their work.

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